- 13 Oct 21
The iconic album turned 30 in September.
Fender have launched a reissue of Kurt Cobain’s Jag-Stang guitar to mark the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s landmark debut album Nevermind.
The guitar is based on the late rockstar’s custom model which combined his favourite elements from the Fender Jaguar and Mustang guitars. The Jag-Stang also brought to life Cobain’s sketches and designs of his ideal guitar from his personal journals.
Cobain worked with the Fender Custom Shop in 1993 in order to realise his vision for the perfect guitar. The iconic singer played the Jag-Stang on a number of occasions on Nirvana’s In Utero tour before his tragic death in April 1994.
“Ever since I started playing, I’ve always liked certain things about certain guitars but could never find the perfect mix of everything I was looking for,” Cobain said in a 1994 interview with Fender Frontline. “The Jag-Stang is the closest thing I know.”
The unique guitar model is available in right or left-handed models with fiesta red or sonic blue paint jobs. The Cobain Jag-Stang guitar features an alder body, a 7.25″ radius rosewood fingerboard and vintage-style single-coil and custom humbucking pickups.
“When we took a look at the sketches Kurt Cobain had drawn up for his dream guitar, we were impressed by how intricate his design was,” said Justin Norvell, the executive vice president of Fender Products.
“We honoured the original model – all the specs on the new Jag Stang are as they were. Nothing new was done to it, we really wanted to keep it aligned with Kurt’s vision.”
“Through our long-standing relationship with the Kurt Cobain Estate, we always knew we wanted to bring his vision to life. It’s been an immense honour to help bring his idea to fruition and revive this model,” added Norvell.
Kurt Cobain’s dream guitar costs €1399 and you can find out more about the instrument here.
The band were recently sued by the baby on the cover of Nevermind, Spencer Elden. Elden is suing the band for alleged sexual exploitation and is looking for up to $150,000 (€128,000) from each of the 15 defendants, including Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Kurt Cobain's estate, Courtney Love, and album art photographer, Kirk Weddle.